Leggings - ROM2006_8223_1



Maker: Probably Plains Ojibwa or Cree
Medium:Floral beaded leggings of saved-list woolen trade cloth
Geography: Canada
Date: c. 1880
76 × 31.5 cm
Object number: 911.3.86.A
Credit Line: Oronhyatekha Collection; Gift of the Independent Order of Foresters
Not on view

The floral beadwork style in this outfit traces its ancestry to recent newcomers to the Plains: Anishinaabeg, Métis, and Europeans. The presence of wool cloth indicates it was made before 1900, when the Anishinaabeg began using velvet in their ceremonial clothing. Structural elements of the moccasins point to the influence of more deeply rooted Plains tribes, as does the treatment of the white selvage edges on the leggings.

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